Central Arizona DX Association
We are the largest ham radio DX club in Arizona with over 130 members, many of whom are on the ARRL's DXCC Honor Roll. We have several members who have traveled to distant places to put "rare" countries on the air. We encourage any ham interested in DXing to join our club and learn about the many aspects of talking to hams around the globe who share this amazing hobby with us. Founded in 1974, we are an ARRL-affiliated club.
Our next meeting is on Thursday, July 6th, at the PERA Club. Our program will be watching a video of the 3XY1T DXpedition. This expedition was conducted by the Italian DXpedition Team led by Silvano, I2YSB. His team has conducted many successful DXpeditions over the years and this one was responsible for over 90,000 QSOs earlier in 2016. Come join us in the cool confines of the PERA Club. There will be leftover BBQ chocolate cake from KY7M’s freezer included in the meeting refreshments.
As always, you are welcome to arrive early to socialize. The meeting and presentation will begin around 7:00 pm.
Thank you (mahalo) to Fred, NA2U, for his aloha presentation at the June meeting about operating from Volcano (the town) on the Big Island of Hawaii. It was good to learn more about the Hawaiian Islands and to see the amazing station that Max, KH6ZM, has assembled.
Fred has certainly done well in both DX contests and the non-contest pile-ups every time he has visited Max’s station. Many of you have worked him either as KH7M in contests or as KH6/NA2U outside of contests.
Fred gave us a good summary of the challenges of going to someone else's station as a guest operator and having to be a fast learner in order to be competitive in a contest. However, when you are coming from a CC&R home QTH, those towers and antennas at the contest station sure work better than a mobile whip in the backyard at home.
From My DX Summit
We are going to try and start a net on the CADXA Repeater at 0200Z on the Thursday nights when the club is not meeting. If you can help out occasionally as the Net Control Station (NCS), please send an email to KY7M and let him know.
June Meeting Recap
It has been an interesting month for me, filled with both sadness and joy. The sadness comes from losing Milt, N5IA, as the result of a tower climbing accident. After hearing and reading about Milt for many years, I had the opportunity in 2016 to get to know him on a personal level as he helped me prepare my station to operate his amazing 160 meter 8-circle antenna remote station in the CQ 160 CW Contest at the end of January.
Milt had planned a family visit to Wyoming that weekend and I was recruited by the Arizona Outlaws Contest Club to operate in his stead. Milt and I had many conversations by email and telephone that resulted in a contest experience that I will always remember along with my multi-op partner, Fred, NA2U. Milt was very generous in allowing us "outsiders" to operate his station not only in the contest, but to chase DX on Top Band before and after the contest. I was so impressed by the experience that I wrote an article about it that will appear in the July-August edition of the National Contest Journal. I am told one of the cover photos will be the 8-circle antenna, a ham radio engineering feat that is a marvel.
The joy of the past month came from a once-in-a-lifetime family trip to Israel with Debby, our two sons and their families -- 11 of us traveling with a tour guide for 16 days to see many of the places we have heard about all of our lives. We had multiple highlights every day that included a visit to the Western Wall, floating on the Dead Sea, climbing Massada, a jeep ride on the Golan Heights, riding a camel in a Bedouin camp, riding a donkey, visiting the Weizmann Institute of Science, visiting the ruins of Caeseria, picking apples for the Leket Israel Food Bank, participating in an active archaeological dig, and a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret). We created memories for our grandchildren and ourselves that we will be talking about the rest of our lives. No ham radio was involved.
Announced DX Operations
Join us on the K5VT repeater to announce and discuss DX.
It is open to all DX enthusiasts.
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